The Struggle is Worth it.

I’ve heard so many people tell me that they don’t travel because it’s too expensive. I’ve written several times before on the topics of how I afford to travel, how to travel even if you work full time, and how you should take the risk because travel is worth it. Today I wanted to delve a little deeper into the topic and talk about the struggle.


The struggle is worth it.

What I mean by that is that you are going to be faced with a series of choices in your life that will dictate whether or not you travel. More likely than not, the easy path will be to not travel. There are all of these things that hold us back…travel is expensive, travel is difficult, it’s hard to get time off of work, travel requires financial sacrifice, etc.

I’m here to tell you that you should welcome the struggle. The struggle is worth it.


You might tell me that it’s just too expensive to travel. You might tell me that in order to afford travel, you have to make financial sacrifices and work longer hours. I’m here to tell you the struggle is worth it.

You might find it hard to work without taking off as many days as you would like because you’re saving up your vacation time for a big trip. Perhaps you’re feeling a bit burned out and you sometimes feel like you would like to just take some time off and relax at home. I’m here to tell you the struggle is worth it.

Travel is difficult, you might say. It requires budgeting and planning. You have to apply for a passport and jump through hoops. You have to coordinate flight schedules with hotel schedules. You have to navigate a new place that you’re unfamiliar with, perhaps even in a language you’re unfamiliar with. It would be so much easier to just stay home instead. I’m here to tell you the struggle is worth it.


The thing is that we’re here on this Earth for a finite amount of time. We only get so many trips around the sun, and it’s up to us what we do during our time here. When you’re old and you look back on the things you’ve done in your life, you are going to fondly remember the moments where you felt truly joyful. You’re going to remember your trek through the Andes, backpacking through Europe, and strolling along the Great Wall of China. These are the moments of your life that will stay with you until the end of your days. No matter what else happens in your life, you’ll always have those things. Nobody can ever take those things away from you.

You won’t think too much about the time you spent at work, or the time you spent at home relaxing on the couch. Those things are important, too, of course. We need to work to make money and we need to relax and recharge sometimes. I’m not denying that. However, it is those unique and incredible moments of joy and exploration that make the memories that will last a lifetime. It won’t always be easy, but I can promise you that the struggle will always be worth it.


Daily Post: Struggle.


14 replies »

  1. I personally find that your sentiment is equally true once you arrive at the destination itself. Most of my fondest travel memories have been created as a direct result of some of my biggest struggles out on the road. I think the battle helps to enhance the experience, even if at the time it wasn’t always for the best.


  2. I think the other thing that people struggle with when it comes to affording travel is not being consumers. Whether it means resisting purchases between adventures or going on shopping-sprees while traveling; it’s better to spend the money on experiences instead of things.


    • Yes, exactly! I don’t really buy that much. My clothes are mostly hand-me-down or came from thrift stores, and I don’t buy a lot of electronics or “things”. Most of my discretionary income goes to travel, and you can really go a long way if you don’t shop that much.

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      • Yea, I admittedly struggle some times to save more. But I always try to tell my self, ‘I could put this money towards a plane ticket or concert.’ Thanks for the inspirational article.


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